Definition of clavichord in English:

clavichord

Syllabification: clav·i·chord
Pronunciation: /ˈklavəˌkôrd
 
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noun

  • A small, rectangular keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the ends of key levers that gently press the strings, popular from the early 15th to early 19th centuries.
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    • Mozart's lifetime witnessed the coexistence of four kinds of keyboard instrument: the harpsichord, the clavichord, the fortepiano, and the organ.
    • New instruments that appeared during the early Renaissance, in the second half of the 15th century, included the harpsichord, the clavichord, and the viol and violin families.
    • In parallel with this I plan to visit museums where there are early keyboard instruments, either harpsichords or clavichords.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin clavichordium, from Latin clavis 'key' + chorda 'string'.

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